Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    All in all, Art Academy is a work of art in itself. It provides not only some of the soundest art lessons you can obtain, but the tools to apply what you learn as you learn it. It's better than learning from a book, cheaper than paying for a tutor, and a whole lot less messy than its real life alternative.
  2. Jul 31, 2012
    New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art builds upon the solid foundation of its predecessors to offer an extremely well-rounded experience that is suitable for budding artists keen to make a fresh start, and experts looking to hone their talents further.
  3. Aug 2, 2012
    A convincing game, designed to teach the user and foster its creativity and abilities. It won't turn you into a painter, but maybe encourages you to try the real thing with some knowledge.
  4. Mar 21, 2013
    New Art Academy has a great deal to offer. Easily comprehensible lessons, masses of utensils, comfortable sharing options and the possibility to use an image of your choice as template. It is just a tiny bit of a shame though that the game doesn’t rate your creative masterpieces and that there’s no online database where all units created by users are collected.
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    This is one of those proposals that have extreme pedagogical and educational value that can actually teach you how to draw and paint.
  6. Sep 11, 2012
    Like the previews chapter, New Art Academy is a great painting game. You can learn just by playing this game!
  7. Aug 15, 2012
    New Art Academy is a fantastic virtual painting course. No need to buy expensive materials; a 3DS is all you need to start off your painting career. Of course the few lessons New Art Academy has to offer won't make you a master painter, but if you follow all courses you'll be able to create some fine digital artwork.
  8. Aug 11, 2012
    This is a very good and realistic game for the 3DS. This game teaches you exactly how to draw something. After that you really want to paint something in real life.
  9. Aug 8, 2012
    A handful of new features, lessons, and a robust tool kit makes New Art Academy essential for anyone looking to further their drawing skills beyond doodling on Post-its.
  10. Jul 30, 2012
    An excellent non-gaming product that will guide you through an immersive and beautiful world of colors. Maybe you won't ever become the new Pollock, Da Vinci or Monet but… who cares? Just paint and have fun!
  11. Jul 27, 2012
    New Art Academy carries on the legacy of the DS titles and presents a polished, in-depth and high quality drawing tool.
  12. Jul 25, 2012
    New Art Academy is an improvement on the original, with more thorough, detailed lessons and a wider range of options, though it's also a missed opportunity.
  13. Hugely detailed, simply set out and even educational, this is the perfect art app.
  14. Aug 9, 2012
    New Art Academy is a good tutorial for aspiring artists, or for portable drawing. With well-presented, educational tutorials, it's a good pick up that features a comprehensive journey through multiple disciplines and art styles, although with a very small screen.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 14, 2012
    I had never played the first Art Academy before purchasing this. After looking at a few YouTube videos of the first game, I was intrigued enough to purchase this game while on sale. I have had my 3ds since launch and I can comfortably say that this is already in my top 3 games for the 3ds. I have completed the first 5 lessons in the beginner section and I am addicted. I played for 6 hours straight the day I bought it and even dreamt about drawing that night! The lessons walk you through each picture and style, ensuring that you understand the techniques that are being delivered. I already feel like my skills have increased significantly and that I will be more inclined to start producing art again like I did when I was an early teen. Each lesson will utilize different styles and give you insight on some famous artists/pieces of work. Overall, I would highly recommend this game to any fan of art and anyone who would like to learn the basics or perfect their skills. I hope Nintendo continues to focus on these types of realistic interactive games, the video game industry needs intelligent games like these.

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  2. Oct 4, 2012
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this game. I wanted to learn how to draw better and the case on the shelf drew my attention. I have done three of the built in levels and can already see a difference in my skills. Not only does the game teach you how to draw, it also teaches you about famous artists and some of the history of art. I highly recommend this product to anyone willing to invest the time into learning how to draw and paint. Full Review »
  3. Jul 23, 2014
    This game has nice features and its suprising how well things can look on the small screen but the game also misses the most important feature an undo button making mistakes a pain in the arse. Full Review »